Saturday, 27 September 2008
Sergio tried to paint it as if it wasn't a rematch of last sunday's Ryder Cup singles. What a load of bull from the young matador. He was well up for a spot of revenge. Lets take a look at it as though it were matchplay.
3. Kim takes an early hole with a birdie; it will be the last he will see all day. Kim +1
6. He hands a hole back on the sixth with his first bogey. All Square
7. Garcia birdies the par four hole 7 to take the lead Garcia +1
9. Birdie four on the par five doubles that lead Garcia +2
13. Bogey from Garcia, the only blot on his card closes the gap once more Garcia +1
14. Kim drops another shot and another hole Garcia +2
15. Garcia takes it to Dormie 3 as he birdies 15, 3 up, 3 to play Garcia +3
16. Kim can't keep the match alive, he bogeys once more Garcia Wins 4&2
17. Playing on Garcia takes 17 too to rub salt in the wound Garcia +5
Europe take the Ryder Cup!!!
Oops, got a little carried away there. Of course this wasn't a matchplay scenario and all that but it must have been pretty sweet for him. What a way to get over such a painful drubbing and so soon.
Looking at how they performed in strokeplay terms, which is what counts this week, Kim was to over for his round. Those 72 strokes drop him back to joint second on 5 under. Garcia's 67 takes him to 8 under, turning a two shot defecit into a three shot lead over Kim.
Kim couldn't control his driver, the crux of his problems today, constantly having to hit his approach from the rough. He found only 29% of fairways today. That's JB Holmes bad. Kim said of it -
"I'm speechless how bad I hit the driver. It was a struggle out there today. Obviously I hit 4 of 14 fairways, and when you do that on a golf course like this, you're going to make a lot of bogeys."
His wayward shot on the par five ninth hit 48-year-old David Whitfield, splitting open his forehead. A bit of extra drama which he could have done without. Mr Whitfield is okay now and got a signed golfball for his troubles as well as a good story for down the pub. "I survived Anthony Kim's worst".
Phil Mickelson joined Kim in second place with a one under 69. One birdie on his front nine and then two dropped shots and two shots gained on the back cancelled each other out.
Vijay is nine over, tied 25th out of 30 and one day closer to them 10,000,000 big ones...
It's looking good for Garcia to bounce back from his Ryder Cup disappointments in quick time and in style- if he'd avoided making triple bogey on the fifth on day one he could have been six clear by now. Lying third in the putting stats this week too, who said he's a weak putter. But then if anyone can blow it in the final round, it's our Sergio...